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Why Can People with Bipolar Disorder Be So “Mean and Nasty”?

Julie A. Fast
September 23, 2020

Some bipolar mood episodes can make us behave in ways that are “mean and nasty.” They aren’t fun—for anybody—but the good news is we can learn to recognize and prevent them before our relationships suffer. Many people believe that bipolar disorder comes with only sad depression or euphoric mania. In reality, this is just 50%...

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The “Mental Tug-of-War” of Bipolar Mixed Episodes

JB Burrage
August 4, 2020

Mixed episodes of mania and depression aren’t easy to spot, but when they hit, they’re among my most exhausting experiences. Not only did I learn how these mood episodes affect me, but I realized the risk they carry—and that is my biggest fear. “Mood Episodes with Mixed Features,” aka Bipolar Mixed Episodes Something that I...


Still Here

Melody Moezzi
November 4, 2013

Those of you who follow this blog regularly may have noticed that I didn’t post last Monday. Before last week, I hadn’t missed a single post in the nearly three years I’ve been blogging for BP Hope. This wasn’t just some random oversight on my part. Rather, I’ve decided to start blogging every other week...


Mixed Episodes: Bipolar’s Most Dangerous Mood State

Melody Moezzi
October 21, 2013

Mixed episodes combine the hopelessness of depression with the impulsivity of mania—resulting in a dangerous combination that needs to be properly and quickly managed. In last week’s post, I wrote from a present perspective––as opposed to my standard past one––in admitting that I was in the midst of a pretty nasty depressive episode. While the...